Centenary teams up with Jets for partnership, educational opportunities

Centenary University in Hackettstown has signed a multiyear partnership agreement with the New York Jets that will see the college become an Official Educational Partner of the NFL team and launch a multifaceted educational program tied to it.

The program will include a Jets-focused course, as well as hands-on career development programs that will give students the chance to study and experience an NFL team’s business operations, according to a news release issued Friday.

“The New York Jets’ partnership with Centenary University offers a unique opportunity for young students to enhance their education by exposing them to a hands-on, fast-paced environment,” Jets President Neil Glat said in a prepared statement. “Through the partnership, Centenary professors and Jets executives will strive to provide students with the knowledge and, importantly, the experience needed to be successful in the business of sports.”

The Centenary course, created in conjunction with team, will start in spring 2019, giving students insight into the business of pro sports. It will be taught by Centenary faculty in collaboration with Jets staff, and include topics such as analytics, business and sales strategies.

“This partnership with the New York Jets creates innovative academic and internship opportunities for Centenary students, who will gain important workplace experience within a world-class sports organization,” college President David P. Haney said in a statement.